For today’s blog we read “A Flashy Facebook Page, at a Cost to Privacy” by Kim Hart, and “Do Employers Using Facebook for Background Checks face Legal Risks?” by Carolyn Elefant. Both articles presented the potential dark side of using social media.
Kim and Carolyn give you a sense of just how insecure you information really is. Not only can employers see the profile pictures of even a locked down profile, but every time you allow a game or other app access to ur page it pulls all your information to a third party server.
It’s not like having everyone snooping around in somebody else’s business is anything new, we do it every day to celebrities. They can’t go out of their house to buy groceries without someone taking a picture of them and posting it in some magazine, but they learn to live with it. I think the same needs to go for us. By signing up for social media we are putting ourselves out there for everyone to look at and critique. I don’t think most people realise how much of their information can be viewed, saved, and misused by people they aren’t even friends with. Nobody I know spends time actually reading the EULA’s before they click “Agree” and sign up, so I question whether or not any of it is the fault of these services.
But let’s look at the flip side, with servers having access to my personal information I can now see ads for only stuff that I may be interested in, and being a guy I don’t really care to see an ad for dresses, I’d rather see a dirt bike. Also, if I keep all my profiles private and my pictures professional, it may actually help me get a job as now I stand out from everyone else should a potential employer peruse my page. There is obviously more than one side to every discussion, but at the heart of the issue is properly educating the masses.